Community

Community
5:30 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Highway 71 And The Road To Compromise

Mamie Hughes in May took a walk on the Mamie Hughes Bridge at Meyer Boulevard and looked down on Highway 71.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

Mamie Hughes, 85, stands in the middle of a bridge that’s named after her, and she marvels at the power of the road below. The power of Highway 71.

“Sometimes I just like to stand here and look and watch the traffic,” she says as cars and semis zoom underneath. “Seeing how much goes, and it’s just kind of fun.”

The Mamie Hughes Bridge crosses Highway 71, or Bruce R. Watkins Drive as it’s also known, at Meyer Boulevard.

Read more
Tell KCUR
12:22 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Tell KCUR: Dear GOP, Pick Kansas City Because ________

Tell us why you think Kansas City should host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Fill in the blank: Dear GOP, pick Kansas City because _______. Tweet your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
Credit KCUR

Kansas City is among the final four cities up for consideration to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

But we’re not out of the woods yet.

This week, convention selection committee members are in town, deciding whether or not Kansas City has what it takes to host one of the party’s biggest bashes of the presidential election cycle.

We want to know why you think Kansas City stands apart from competitor cities Cleveland, Dallas and Denver. 

Read more
Central Standard
9:42 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Food Critics: Best Cheese Spots In Kansas City

Food critic Emily Farris believes choosing a cheese plate as a dessert is always the best choice.
Credit Chris Buecheler / Flickr--CC

It’s difficult to imagine a life without cheese.

We eat our cheese grilled, deep-fried, cubed, shredded, baked in pastry and whipped into a tiramisu. 

On Friday's Central Standard, the food critics explored the cheeses of the Kansas City region, from Asiago to Velveeta and everything in between.

Here are their recommendations:

Read more
Safety
4:03 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Kansas City Jewish Organizations Participate In Active Shooter Training

Mourners left flowers at the Jewish Community Center in Johnson County, Kan., after shootings took the lives of three people on April 13.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

Jewish organizations in the Kansas City area spent Friday learning what to do if ever again faced with a threat like the shootings last month that left three people dead.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City organized the workshop, during which about 150 people received safety training from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and local law enforcement.

Read more
Tell KCUR
3:24 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Why Kansas Citians Are Fed Up With Highway 71

How has U.S. Highway 71 helped or hurt Kansas City, Mo.? Chime in on Twitter with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

U.S. Highway 71 in Kansas City, Mo., is here to stay.

But that doesn’t mean Kansas Citians are happy about it.

When we asked this week: “How has Highway 71 helped or hurt Kansas City?” some listeners, tweeters, Facebookers and callers praised the highway’s convenience for being a main north-south thoroughfare in the metropolitan area.

Read more
Beyond Our Borders
10:25 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Years Ago, Summer Meant (Almost) Everyone Headed To Fairyland Park

A roller coaster at Fairyland Park cost 10 cents a ride.
Courtesy photo Crawford Family Collection- Judy Long

  

From the 1920s through the 1960s, summertime in Kansas City meant a thrilling trip to Fairyland Park.

The 80-acre amusement park in Kansas City, Mo., offered daring rides, an outdoor dance pavilion, a large swimming pool, and later, a drive-in movie theater.

As we move into the summer of 2014, we take a trip back to the heyday of a local summer ritual for many, but not all, Kansas City residents.

Every child's dream

Read more
Central Standard
3:20 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Highway 71: Connecting The Metro, Dividing Neighborhoods

Highway 71 was envisioned as "less than a freeway, more than a parkway."
Credit Tim Samoff / Flickr, Creative Commons

 

Highways connect people and places with a speed we've come to take for granted. But highways also have a history of dividing and sometimes nearly obliterating the very communities they intersect.

Perhaps the most controversial example of this phenomenon in Kansas City is U.S. Highway 71. 

Read more
Up To Date
1:18 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Meet Three Outstanding Law Enforcement Canines

ATF explosives detection canine, Roxi.

Law enforcement dogs these days can do some incredible things: sniffing out the chemicals used to start an arson fire, getting illegal drugs off our streets, or finding evidence in shootings and explosives investigations.

On this edition of Up to Date, host Steve Kraske meets three law enforcement dogs, and their handlers, to find out what it takes for a dog to become a key part of a law enforcement team.

Roxi 

Read more
Central Standard
4:33 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

What's Going On Below: An Update On The Sewer System Overhaul

Kansas City's biggest public works project to date is taking place beneath our streets.
Credit Greg L at English Wikipedia / Wikimedia Commons

Who's digging in the street outside your window? Hopefully, it's Kansas City Water Services.

The city recently embarked on a major, multi-billion-dollar overhaul of the combined sewer and wastewater system, which was first laid out in the nineteenth century.

Four years into the overhaul, officials from the Water Services Department visited the Central Standard studios to remind us why we're doing this in the first place, and to let us know how it's going so far. 

Read more
Up To Date
2:40 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

How Spring Is Shaping Up For Area Gardens And Trees

Credit Danielle Sherry / vegetablegardner.com

Spring is the season of possibility and hope. Just ask any gardener. Seeds go in the ground, are lovingly tended and then . . .  Mother Nature steps in. On Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with two experts to get some advice for your gardens and trees.

Guests:

Read more
Community
11:25 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Meet The Six Kansas City Area Kids Headed To The National Spelling Bee

Ethan Perris
Credit Scripps National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee takes place this week in Washington, D.C., and the Kansas City area will be represented by six youth from middle schools across the region.

Two local competitors received international media attention for their marathon battle to represent Jackson County, but besides Kush Sharma, who won that battle, five other students are also representing the Kansas City area in the national competition.

Here are the six kids to root for as the National Spelling Bee commences:

Ethan Perris

Age: 13

Read more
KCUR
8:32 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Another KCUR Homecoming: An Interview With Gina Kaufmann

Our members and listeners are delighted by Gina Kaufmann’s return to the KCUR airwaves. A popular co-host of The Walt Bodine Show from 2008 to 2010, Gina returned to 89.3 in March as the host of Central Standard. Here at KCUR, we couldn’t wait to sit and chat again with Gina.

Your return to KCUR has certainly been a welcome one for many of our members and listeners. What have you been up to these past few years?

Read more
JCC Shootings
3:39 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Alleged Jewish Community Center Assailant Faces Additional Charges

Frazier Glenn Miller is accused of killing three people in last month's shootings at Jewish centers in Johnson County, Kan.
Credit Courtesy photo / Johnson County Sheriff's Office

Prosecutors have charged the neo-Nazi accused of killing three people at Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan., last month with several more felonies.

The Johnson County District Attorney’s office says Frazier Glenn Miller shot at and tried to kill three additional people, endangered a fourth and fired into the Jewish Community Center knowing there were people inside.

Read more
Veterans
7:06 am
Mon May 26, 2014

McCaskill announces results of veterans survey at MU

Senator Claire McCaskill spoke at the Veterans Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus.

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:33 pm

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) spoke at the Veterans War Memorial on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia on Friday, where she announced the most recent results of her Veterans Customer Satisfaction Program, an unscientific, confidential survey of veteran’s experiences at VA facilities in Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia. 

Read more
Holidays
6:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Is Memorial Day About Grief, Glory Or Hot Dogs?

Memorial Day is celebrated by some as a day of mourning, some as a day of patriotism and some as a day to kick back and barbecue.
Credit Ben Franske-Wikimedia / CC

Memorial Day is one of America’s most confusing holidays. Depending on the celebrant, it can be a day of grief, glory — or backyard barbecues. To understand America’s "most confusing holiday," you’ve got to ponder why we get the day off in the first place.

Read more
Beyond Our Borders
2:42 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Cycling Group Gets Women Pedaling East Of Troost

The female cycling club, Sisters That Are Riding Strong, takes a 10-mile ride every Sunday. It sets off from the Southeast Community Center, at 4201 E. 63rd Street Trafficway in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Courtesy photo / Denesha Snell

Denesha Snell remembers the first time her cycling club rode through Swope Park and down the Paseo.

"There was a guy in the park, and he said, 'Somebody told me there was a bunch of black women on bikes.' And he didn't believe it. We rode past him, and his mouth dropped to the floor because he could not believe it," says Snell. "The myth is that we don't work out and we don't exercise."

Read more
Tell KCUR
1:26 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Tell KCUR: How Has Highway 71 Helped Or Hurt Kansas City?

How has U.S. Highway 71 helped or hurt Kansas City? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
Credit KCUR

U.S. Highway 71 has become one of the most prominent north-south arteries of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

But when it was built on the east side of Kansas City, Mo., in the 1990s, the construction sparked controversy because of the way it bisected existing neighborhoods.  

Earlier this year, when we asked you what were Kansas City’s biggest dividing lines, Highway 71 emerged as one of them.

Read more
Central Standard
5:14 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Three Decades Of Poverty Law In Kansas City: Highlights From Julie Levin's Career

Credit Courtesy of Julie Levin.

Julie Levin has worked with Legal Aid of Western Missouri since 1977.

In that time, she's had some monumental cases, from a suit against the Kansas City Housing Authority in 1989 that changed the face of public housing, to a case on behalf of a client who lost her job while on maternity leave. That last case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Read more
Tell KCUR
3:57 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Want To Smoke? Kansas Citians Say To Stay At Home

Where should we still allow smoking in Kansas City, Mo.? Tweet your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
Credit Wikimedia -- CC

If you’re a smoker in Kansas City, Mo., feedback we received in an informal listener poll wasn’t very encouraging.

Smoking already is a no-no in Kansas City bars and restaurants.

And a ban on smoking in publicly-owned housing developments starts July 1 in Kansas City.  

We wanted to know: Where should we still allow smoking?  

Read more
Community
3:55 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

How Long Does It Take To Get To Kansas City's Major Employers On Public Transit?

Kara McGowan, of Kansas City, Mo., takes two buses to her children's day care facility every day before hopping on two more buses to work.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

Earlier this month, we ran a story about the accessibility to jobs in the Kansas City metro by public transportation. It takes Kara McGowan, of Kansas City, Mo., more than 90 minutes to get to her job in Westport once she drops off her children at day care.

Read more
Community
8:23 am
Thu May 22, 2014

As Ash Trees Die Off, Kansas City Man Primes New Urban Lumber Industry

Small holes signify emerald ash borer damage in a dying tree.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

Ash trees across much of the country are dying as a result of a green beetle called the emerald ash borer. The bug has spread from the upper Midwest imperiling millions of trees.

But there is opportunity amid the destruction. Urban lumber mills that saw up salvaged city trees are on the rise, fertilized by mounting demand for local products and a tsunami of supply delivered by the emerald ash borer.

It came from Asia, by way of Michigan

The emerald ash borer has been at work in Michigan for years.

Read more
Transportation
8:43 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Kansas City Public Transit Among Nation's Worst In Connecting Workers To Jobs

Kara McGowan takes two buses to Operation Breakthrough where her kids go to day care, then two more to her job.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

Just after 7:15 a.m. in the morning, Kara McGowan rushes out of her house, carrying her baby, Airis, on one arm, a bulging diaper bag on the other. Her four-year-old, Addison, trails behind.

"We got eight minutes. Come on!" McGowan pleads.  She doesn't want to miss her bus. She doesn't have a car, so her only option to get her kids to daycare and to herself to her job as a receptionist in Westport is to take public transit.

McGowan's bus rolls away from the intersection before she and the children arrive, so she reroutes them to catch the 12th Street bus across town.

Read more
Central Standard
5:41 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Cash Money Crew: Paying for College

College graduates this year will be, on average, the most indebted ever.
Credit Christpoher Lucka / Flickr/CC

Graduating seniors of 2014 will, on average, be the most indebted graduating class ever. This debt carries with it real consequences. For the first time having a college education makes someone less likely to have a home mortgage by age 30.

Read more
Beyond Our Borders
4:01 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

How One Kansas City Neighborhood Opened Doors, And The Leaders Who Called It Home

Google Street View shot of Sheraton Estates, a neighborhood on the east side of Kansas City, Mo., has been home to many influential African-Americans in the community.
maps.google.com

Sheraton Estates was the first place in Kansas City, Mo., where African-Americans sought out to build new homes south of 27th Street. The suburban-style subdivision was built in 1957. It was marketed to, and, historically, home to many influential African-American leaders in the city.

Read more
Tell KCUR
3:22 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Tell KCUR: Where Should We Still Allow Smoking?

Where should we still allow smoking? Tweet us your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
Credit KCUR

Public options for smokers are becoming few and far between in Kansas City, Mo.

Since 2008, smoking has been banned in bars and restaurants located in Kansas City. The state of Kansas went smoke-free in 2012.

University campus buildings have been smoke-free for years in Kansas City, but beginning Aug. 1, smoking outside on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City will be prohibited.  

Read more
Central Standard
12:01 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Michael Sam And The State Of Gay Acceptance In The Midwest

Ten years ago, the people of Missouri overwhelmingly voted to change the state constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Last week, when openly gay football player Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, in Missouri, the outcry condemning Sam's lifestyle stood in stark contrast to an overwhelming outpouring of support.

Read more
Up to Date
4:02 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Cindy Hoedel On Life In Matfield Green, Kansas

Credit Terry Evans / Courtesy: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

When you live in a town with fewer than 60 residents well, let's just say, there must be something special about it to make you give up the city life.  

Cindy Hoedel did just that when she moved from Kansas City to Chase County, Kansas.  On this edition of Up to Date, Hoedel affirms that the attraction that brought her to the Flint Hills hasn't waned.  Steve Kraske and Hoedel discuss the differences she's experienced between city and country life, what it's like being a former urbanite among native-born rural residents and  how her straw bale gardening is progressing.

Read more
Up To Date
3:55 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Be Prepared For Travel Abroad

Credit U.S. Department of State / Bureau of Consular Affairs

Many college students often spend a summer abroad for additional course credit or just to see a bit of the world. In the second portion of Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a member of the State Department for some advice that could make their, or anyone's, time away from home as safe as possible.

Guest:

  • Viktoria Lopatkiewicz is a Division Chief in the Office of American Citizen Services for the U.S. Department of State.

Learn More:

Read more
Community
3:20 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Topeka Event Marks Brown v. Board Ruling

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback visits with a student in a new classroom at the former Monroe Elementary School in Topeka. The classroom is being dedicated at the historic site as part of the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and others remembered the Brown v. Board of Education ruling Friday in Topeka.

The event comes on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ordered an end to segregation in public schools.

The governor spoke at the former Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, which is now a national historic site dedicated to the ruling.

Brownback says it’s important to remember the controversy surrounding the Brown v. Board ruling and the struggles of the civil rights movement.

Read more
Beyond Our Borders
8:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Data Maps Show Troost As Racial, Economic And Educational Divide

Credit Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service / University of Virginia

As KCUR examines how Kansas Citians divide themselves in our Beyond Our Borders series, we wanted to look at the demographics of the areas where we are focusing our reporting.

Earlier this year, we asked the community which lines were the most divisive in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Troost Avenue was cited as one of the most prominent racial and socioeconomic borders

Read more

Pages